MCM 2019/T-Minus 62: Throttle

So, yesterday, after breakfast and coffee, I was just plain out of gas for the day. I had gone through an intense (for me) workout: just short of 2 1/2 miles of intervals, followed by a full weights/full reps circuit cycle. I took two naps during the day, and settled for a can of Hormel Black Angus chili (no beans) with two cups of rice. Side note; i think I’ll go with the chili with beans from now on, just for aesthetics’ sake. Yucky looking although it tasted good.

Reveille went at 0345 this morning, followed by the last two tubs of yogurt in my fridge. Dressed and lubed, stretched, packed my Mio water and GU’s, and out the door at 0455.

It was dark as I expected, but as I headed down the hill towards HWY-5 I noticed that there was some moonlight after all, provided by the last quarter moon. But that wasn’t even the best part.

As I turned onto Park Hill Road, right at the three mile mark, I caught some Gunnery Sergeant Ermey inspiration. Noticing that Park Hill Road/HWY-489 was a downhill, I took off with a burst of speed that I hadn’t used in a long while. When I hit the four mile mark, my MapMyRun app announced that I had hit an 11:01 split. Usually I would have been happy with something in the 11:20~11:30 range. Awesome!

However, I had to temper myself because I didn’t want to burn out before the run ended. As the 489 turned onto Three Notch Road/HWY-235 north, the road took a gradual uphill that would be maintained for just shy of two miles. Rather than ease back, I did what I could to maintain the pace that I had. I didn’t think I’d get any negative splits after that 11:01, and i didn’t really hear the splits. As I hit the eight mile mark and had my last water/GU break, I had to slow down just a bit before the last two miles. I opened the throttle one last time as I passed Mile 9 and the Lexington Park Baptist Church and the homestretch.

Mile markers 4 through 8 splits: 11:01/11:11/10:59/11:00/11:10. Now, Three Notch Road north won’t be anything like Miles 4-8 at the Marine Corps Marathon, so I will have to temper those a bit and try to stick with the 12:00 pace runner for at least the opening third of the MCM. This morning, though, it was a nice way to bounce back after last week’s hot mess at Mount Vernon.

Song of the Day: Rammstein/”Sonne:”

With all of the rain this week, mostly in the late afternoons and at night, the humidity was cut in half. Today’s run was under pleasant weather, with a nice last quarter moon followed by a mostly sunny sky. No humidity at all.

That being said, the song by the German rock band is mostly about boxing; in fact it was intended as an entrance theme for boxer Vitaly Klitschko. The song opens with vocalist Till Lundemann counting to ten like a referee getting ready to count out a fallen boxer. The lyrics reflect a boxer’s fists as being as hot as the sun.

I love the driving rhythm of this song and it puts you in a good mood to pace out you’re miles. On YouTube, this song is kind of controversial; one fan-posted version of this song shows footage of the first A-bombs being dropped; another version showing footage of German SS Panzer Iron Cross awardees and ain action was dropped after complaints.

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